THE POWER OF DISCIPLINE AND CONSISTENCY
By applying the principals of discipline & consistency to the pursuit of our goals we can be assured of success beyond our wildest dreams.
18 Months ago I was training two women in our gym at Motivating Health. My Daughter Abbey who is a Personal Trainer and young Mum walked through the gym, I was keen to introduce the women to Abbey. As I did they raved and gushed in awe about her physique and general physical appearance.
The women while heaping praise on Abbey excitedly asked her what was her secret, and how she changed her body shape after the birth of her daughter. What came next was amazing, it showed a wisdom beyond Abbey’s age and it was completely unrehearsed.
Her response was short but powerful: “DISCIPLINE & CONSISTENCY”. I have my workout and diet regime and I stick to it.
It is now one of my favorite sayings. It gives Tammy and I a lot of perspective around our daily rituals and goals.
Lets explore this simple phrase and see how powerful it really is.
DISCIPLINE AND CONSISTENCY
Many of us equate the word discipline to punishment, possibly because of the way we were brought up. If we can change our mindset around this interpretation many of the goals we have set become a lot easier and the rewards will follow.
Steve Jobs (Apple Visionary)
Steve’s discipline in staying relentlessly focused on his vision “To make a contribution to the world by making tools for the mind that advance humankind.” These tools didn’t yet exist.
The discipline to stay focused wouldn’t have been enough without being consistent. He was consistent in following his rituals and following his vision. He was consistent and maintained his disciple through good times and bad. OK, we might not all be apple users but we have all reaped some benefits from this mans Discipline & Consistency.
Tiger Woods (Golfer)
To become one of the greatest golfers in history the Tiger legend was definitely created on a huge diet of discipline and consistency. The Discipline to hit hundreds of golf balls every day and the consistency do it year after year for decades. He has 15 Major Victories, 3 behind Jack Nicklaus but Tiger overall is 8 more PGA tour victories in front of Jack. It’s open for debate but without his vision and without his Discipline & Consistency we wouldn’t be having the debate.
They came to us with a strong vision and reason to change. These reasons are different for everyone and they were disciplined to stick to the plan. Even when they were tempted to eat foods that weren’t in the plan which would have been detrimental to their vision.
They were disciplined to resist the sabotaging voice that come from within or from friends and family who apparently mean well. The Disciple combined with the consistency to do it every day until they reach goal is the extra special ingredient. One without the other doesn’t produce powerful life changing results.
Topic for next post will be “Disciple Gives Me Freedom”!